August 2013

Tribute to volunteers at Half a Century

We recently returned from the Half Century of Progress Show and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The show took place without a hitch at least nothing visible to they eye. Author and farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson’s plane had mechanical issues and he didn’t make it to the show, but that is the only off the radar thing […]

The heart of a hot air balloon

At this year’s Half Century of Progress show Touchstone Energy Cooperatives offered tethered balloon rides to visitors at the show. After the first group of kids and the lady that owns the Redwood log home, I was next. We waited patiently while they aired up and set up the balloon and fired her up, up […]

The Portland Swap Meet and more!

For years I fought my husband on going to this show because I thought it was going to be nothing but trailer after trailer of antique tractor parts. I was wrong, there I said it, he was right! It is a great show with a flea market filled with yes, tractor parts, but also pottery, […]

Gang plows at the American Threshermans Reunion

Steam engines are often at shows, but at this year’s American Thresherman’s Reunion, they were put to the plow. We witnessed this Case steam engine plowing with six men riding on a 12-bottom gang plow. This was the 54th year for the show and there will be a fall show as well. For more information, […]

At the American Thresherman's Show Minneapolis Moline is King!

For just a few short years my dad was a teacher and he taught in Nashville Illinois. That’s how it was that I was born in Pinckneyville. So albeit while my in this southern Illinois area was short, I regard Pinckneyville and the American Thresherman’s show almost like coming home. Kent and Annie Jansen and […]

Christmas in Amana, plan today!

So it’s not Christmas in July, it’s preplanning in August. The first full weekend in December, Amana Colonies turns into a winter wonderland with decorations, activities and my favorite, house tours! Make your reservations now, rooms are filling up, Last year we trekked to Iowa, tried out Myers Grill, went to a play at the […]

2013 Butter Cow

Sharon BuMann has did it again, created a wonderful butter cow sculpture. Everyone that comes to the Illinois State Fair loves to see the butter cow, it is a family tradition, a Springfield icon! BuMann will be working to complete the cow at the unveiling she had only been working on it for two days. […]

What's so sweet cheescake bakery at the Illinois State Fair

At the unveiling of the Butter Cow at this year’s state fair, Marla Behrands , Diary Building Superintendent introduced a new product mini cheesecakes by a company called That’s so sweet cheesecake bakery out of Lexington, Illinois. “These will be offered in the Dairy Barn,” Marla shared. Lindsay Bachman owner of the What’s so sweet […]

Beautiful Meadow  - Belle Meade Mansion, a former horse farm paradise

I have been trying for two years to visit the amazing Belle Meade Plantation. Through several visits to Nashville, there was never enough time, but finally this August I managed to head south with my mom and this was the last stop on our weekend getaway. This mansion and grounds was once home to a […]

Goo Goo Outpost, yum!

Goo Goo candy was created in Nashville back in 1912 and the Goo Goo outlet located in this historic dairy barn is the first and only retail outlet of its kind. Located on the property of Fontanel the former log home owned by country music star Barbara Mandrell the barn was there before Mandrell’s log […]